Express rallies late to earn double OT draw vs. Eagles
Friday, January 5, 2018 – ESPANOLA, Ont. – The Espanola Express rallied with two third period goals, including the equalizer 27 seconds remaining in regulation, to help them earn a 3-3 double overtime draw vs. the Soo Eagles in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up Friday at the Regional Recreation Complex.
After a scoreless opening first period, Espanola opened the scoring three and a half minutes into the second stanza thanks to Jarod Hurley’s second goal of the season with assists going to Joel Grandbois and Jackson Heacock.
Sault Ste. Marie drew level just 24 seconds later though as Christian Bardarson finished off the work of linemates Nick Techel and Kobe Keller.
Going on the power play later in the session, Bardarson added another to reach the 25-goal plateau on the season to put the visitors up by one after 40 minutes.
It was more Bardarson in the third as hit finished off a hat trick at 5:41 to put the visitors up by a pair.
Battling back, the Express moved to within one a couple minutes later compliments of Logan Fennema’s sixth.
Then with time running out, Espanola notched the equalizer in the late going as Grandbois tied it in dramatic fashion.
Neither side would score in the each of the two five-minute overtime sessions as the two clubs settled for one point apiece on the night.
Keller assisted on all three of Bardarson’s tallies while Heacock and Josh Zlatinszky doled out two helpers for the Express.
Adam Scott made 39 saves between the pipes for the Express while Carter McPhail had 41 stops in net for the Eagles.
Palmerio; Keller lead Eagles over Express
Saturday, January 6, 2018 – SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Soo Eagles got three goals and an assist from Jacob Palmerio while Kobe Keller added a hat trick of his own to help send them past the Espanola Express 8-3 Saturday night in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at Pullar Stadium.
After skating to a 3-3 double overtime draw in Espanola Friday, Sault Ste. Marie set the tone early in this one skating out to a 3-0 lead before the contest was 10 minutes old on a single by Keller and a pair of tallies by Palmerio.
A power play in the opening moments of the middle frame helped the Express get on the board 67 seconds into the session on a Tristan Poissant man advantage effort.
Up a man themselves after that, Kellen Tharaldson connected for the Eagles at 2:59 to make it 4-1.
The back and forth period continued with Poissant adding his second of the stanza at 4:27 before Christian Bardarson scored on the power play for the Soo at 9:07 for his 26th goal of the season.
Joel Grandbois brought the Express closer early in the third, but the Eagles put the game away with a trio of unanswered tallies to secure the win compliments of Palmerio and two more courtesy of Keller to finish things off.
Mikey Butcher had three assists for the Soo in the win while Bardarson, Jake Saxton and Nick Techel and William Casey adding two assists.
Shane Brancato had 21 saves in a winning cause for the Eagles with Ryan Hale being peppered with 57 shots in his NOJHL debut for Espanola.